2022 STS Coding Workshop

Event dates
Virtual Workshop

The 2022 STS Coding Workshop: Best Practices for Cardiothoracic Surgery is a 2-day virtual event that will provide cardiothoracic surgery coders, surgeons, and all billing professionals with the latest coding and reimbursement updates affecting cardiothoracic surgical practices. This hybrid-format event will feature both pre-recorded online lectures and live, virtual Q&A and discussion with scenario-based questions, challenging coding examples, and attendee interaction. Attendees will receive access to more than 12 hours of on-demand lectures to view in advance of the Q&A sessions.

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Live Q&A and Discussion Schedule

Friday, February 18, 2022

4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. ET Welcome and Introductions
4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. ET Adult Cardiac Q&A 
V. Seenu Reddy, MD and Stephen Lahey, MD
5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET Congenital Cardiac Q&A
James D. St. Louis, MD, Joseph Turek, MD, and Jeffery Jacobs, MD
6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. ET Vascular Surgery Q&A
Sunita Srivastava, MD 


Saturday, February 19, 2022

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. ET General Thoracic Q&A
John Howington, MD
10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET Esophageal Q&A
Francis Nichols III, MD
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET Break
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET E/M, Critical Care, Telehealth Q&A 
Aaron Cheng, MD, and Julie R. Painter, MBA, CCVTC, CPMA
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET Physician Documentation Q&A
Scott C. Silvesty, MD, Sanjay Samy, MD, and Francis Nichols III, MD

On-Demand Content

Registrants will receive access to these recorded lectures approximately two weeks prior to the live sessions and are encouraged to view the content in advance of the discussion. The recordings are short and topic-specific to enable attendees to locate desired content easily. 

Coding for Adult Cardiac Surgery
V. Seenu Reddy, MD
  • Musculoskeletal Procedures
  • Pacemakers, Implantable Defibrillators and Other heart monitoring Devices
  • Heart and Great Vessel Surgeries
  • TAVR Procedures
  • VAD Procedures
  • ECMO
  • Transplants
Stephen Lahey, MD
  • CABG & Related Procedures
  • Aortic Valve Procedures 
  • Mitral Valve Procedures
  • Pulmonary and Tricuspid Valve Procedures
  • Maze Procedures
Coding for Congenital Cardiac Surgery
James D. St. Louis, MD
  • Congenital Cardiac Valve Procedures 
  • Other Congenital Procedures
Joseph Turek, MD 
  • Aorta, Pulmonary and Other Artery Procedures 
  • Complex Cardiac Anomalies
Jeffery Jacobs, MD
  • Septal Defects
  • VADs
  • ECMO
Documentation, Coding Tips, and Considerations for Vascular Surgery

Sunita Srivastava, MD

  • TEVAR 
  • EVAR 
  • FEVAR 
  • Thromboendarterectomies/embolectomy/thrombectomy 
  • Selective catheterizations and angiographies 
  • Selective venous access procedures 
  • AV Fistula procedures 
  • Angioplasty/stenting
General Thoracic Surgery Coding for Thoracic Procedures and Surgery
John Howington, MD
  • Musculoskeletal procedures 
  • Open tracheal and bronchial procedures
  • Bronchoscopy procedures 
  • Pleural procedures
  • Open lung resections and related procedures
  • Thoracoscopic lung resections and related procedures
  • Other open thoracic surgery procedures  
  • Other endoscopic/thoracoscopic thoracic surgery  
  • Pericardial procedures 
  • Mediastinal procedures
  • Thymectomies
General Thoracic Surgery Coding for Esophageal Procedures and Surgery

Francis Nichols III, MD

  • Endoscopic esophageal procedures 
  • Surgical esophageal resections 
  • Esophageal hernia surgeries 
  • Other esophageal procedures 
  • Diaphragmatic procedures 
Evaluation and Management Coding for Cardiothoracic Surgery 

Aaron Cheng, MD

  • E/M office/outpatient codes
  • E/M consultation codes
  • E/M hospital inpatient codes
  • E/M Observation codes 
  • E/M Prolonged services codes  
  • E/M Critical care codes 
The Role of the Physician in Documentation and Reimbursement

Scott C. Silvesty, MD

  • Overview of Physician and Hospital Reimbursement
Sanjay Samy, MD
  • Documentation Considerations and Strategies
Francis Nichols III, MD
  • Coding and Documentation Tips to Achieve Maximum Reimbursement

Target Audience
Cardiothoracic surgery coders, surgeons, office managers, medical billing specialists, physician assistants, nurses, and anyone else involved in the coding, reimbursement, and compliance efforts for the cardiothoracic surgery team.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify new CPT codes, updates, and payment policies affecting cardiothoracic surgery coding for 2022
  • Describe and identify the documentation necessary to support relevant diagnoses, services rendered, and medical necessity for a patient encounter
  • Explain the importance of specificity and identification of services provided in a patient encounter
  • Define coding and reimbursement criteria in order to identify and capture relevant documentation elements efficiently
  • Describe common coding issues for each subspecialty and how they should be reported and resolved
  • Discuss the 2022 changes to the E/M codes and guidelines
  • Interpret the necessary documentation and regulations relevant to critical care and cardiothoracic surgery E/M services 
  Early Bird 
(through Jan. 7, 2022)
(Jan. 8 – Feb. 19)
STS Members and Their Employees* $225 $275
Non-Members and Staff Unaffiliated with an STS Member $275 $325

*An STS Member ID (6 digits) is required to receive the discounted member rate. Database participation is not the same as STS membership. A Database participant ID is different from an STS Member ID. For help with an STS Member ID, please contact Member Services



"ACCME Accredited with Commendation"

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Physician Assistants (PAs) may claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for completing this activity. 

The number of available credits and instructions for claiming credit will be shared closer to the event.


Continuing Education Credits

STS is currently seeking approval from AHIMA and AAPC for Coding CEUs. Additional information will be provided upon approval from the accrediting bodies.